Quemado Ranger District

Area Description


Quemado is located in northern Catron County, 33 miles east of the Arizona border on US 60, at an elevation of 6,900 feet. The population of the Quemado area is approximately 750.

Quemado serves the area with a post office, one cafe, one motel, two churches, two gas stations, a small general merchandise/grocery store, one convenience store, one laundromat, two real estate offices.  Pie Town (22 miles east) has three churches and two restaurants. The nearest full service communities are Springerville, Arizona (50 miles west), Grants, New Mexico (75 miles north), and Socorro, New Mexico (110 miles east).

The ranger district (about 603,382 acres) is situated on the Apache National Forest and is administered by the Gila National Forest.


The climate is mild and dry with warm days and cool nights in the summer. Rainfall averages 11 inches. Monsoon showers usually occur in July and August but do not last long. There are usually over 300 sunny days a year with four seasons tempered by the high altitude. The average maximum temperature in July is 85°F, while the average minimum temperature in January is 13°F.

Cultural and Recreation Opportunities:

The district and surrounding area offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors take advantage of the abundant game population of deer, pronghorn, javelina, bear, mountain lion, wild turkeys, and world-class elk hunting. Quemado is about a three-hour drive from Albuquerque, which offers a variety of shopping, recreational, and cultural opportunities.


There is a medical center in Reserve (50 miles away), which also provides a clinic twice a week in Quemado. Hospitals and pharmacies are in Springerville, Silver City (150 miles away), and Socorro.


The nearest commercial airport access is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 175 miles from Quemado. A small airport is located in Springerville, Arizona which is for private planes only. Boutique Air in Show Low, Arizona (about 2-1/2 hour drive) has flights to/from Phoenix and Albuquerque.

Contact Information:

Quemado Ranger District Office